‘Serious blow to democracy’: World condemns Myanmar military coup

Myanmar military carried out the detentions in response to "election fraud" in last November's general election. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: Myanmar military detained has detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other top individuals from the governing party on Monday, seizing power in a coup less than 10 years after it handed over power to a civilian government.

The military said it carried out the detentions because the last election was fraudulent, where Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won by a landslide.

Condemnation across the world started to come out after the coup attament was announced.

Here is how governments, human rights groups and others are reacting.

In a statement that carried Aung San Suu Kyi’s name, the NLD called on Myanmar’s public not to accept the military coup.

The statement said: “The actions of the military are actions to put the country back under a dictatorship. I urge people not to accept this, to respond and wholeheartedly to protest against the coup by the military.”

Thant Myint-U, a prominent Myanmar author and historian, said in a tweet that the coup had opened doors to “a very different future”.

China said it hoped that all sides in Myanmar could properly manage their differences under the legal framework and constitution and uphold stability.

Bangladesh, a neighbouring country, called for peace and stability in Myanmar and said it hoped to continue the process of voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees with its neighbour.

The Foreign Minister of Australia Marise Payne expressed deep concern “at reports the Myanmar military is once again seeking to seize control of Myanmar and has detained State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint”.

US president Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington was “alarmed” by reports of the Myanmar military’s “steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition” as well as the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders.

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